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>> hello, everyone. i'm tony harris from ferguson, missouri. john seigenthaler has the night off. and as we join you here from ferguson, everyone in the city is bracing for what could be another intense night. you see what happened on the streets of ferguson last night. and we'll show you some of the pictures in just a minute, but as we set the scene today, you can look at pictures, and
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people are starting to gather in anticipation of more protests, more demonstrations and more marches tonight. it has been the scene repeated time and time again in the 11 days since michael brown was killed. and the evenings are the time of the day when things go from peaceful to chaotic. and we're showing you pictures of the police throughout the streets here in ferguson, and a number of different stages areas, getting ready to respond to whatever set of circumstances develop tonight. again, last night, if we show you some of the pictures last night, there were scenes of peaceful demonstrations, and then at one point in the evening no one can tell you why things touched off but they did, and there were bottling thrown and there was teargassing fired by the police. and that was last night. you're looking at live pictures of west today, and there's devon johnson, the missouri
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state highway patrol. he's on the streets doing his best. and he has sent out new marching orders to us, the public, as to how we would like this evening to proceed. and there has been a bit of a change in strategy each and every night here in ferguson, but what we heard last night n. the aftermath of the unrest last evening, was the captain coming forward to say that he would like for the peaceful protesters to leave the streets at sunset and to give the police the opportunity to better identify the people who are causing trouble. and that has been the request throughout the day. i will tell you in talking to our colleagues, in just a couple of moments, this has been a more peaceful day, daytime in ferguson, than what we have seen in the last week to ten days. so will that hold into the evening? the tensions, as you can
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imagine, are pretty high, but the request from a captain of the missouri state police, the people protesting peacefully continue to do so throughout these early evening hours, but the request is they leave the streets at supset and give the police the opportunity to deal with what come thereafter. as you know, the scenes of chaos went from the early evening to the morning hours. let me give you the sense of the mood, the feeling here in ferguson. last night, the protests were peaceful. people slowly marching in the streets, and carrying signs as the sun went down. but around mit here, anger over the death of unarmed teenager, michael brown, erupted into violence once again. captain ron johnson is the missouri state police officer put in charge of the situation in ferguson. at first bottles were thrown,
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and then heavy gunfire. and responded with teargas. >> to limit their demonstrations to the daylight hours. >> the nation is watching each and every one of us, and i'm going to tell you, we're going to solve this, we're going to have to do it together. we're going to have to do it together. and i'm technology you, we're going to make this community whole. >> all right, let's talk to robert ray. he has been here for days on the ground in ferguson, and as
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we look at the scene tonight, and on the streets in ferguson where we are, your location is a bit away from the situation at the moment. moment. i believe you're on the scene there. and give us the mood at this hour. >> reporter: yes, you're exactly right on the location. about a quarter mile from you, captain ron harris is right over there, speaking and some of the troopers are over here, trying to figure out exactly their strategy tonight. there have been peaceful protests here in the past hour, and everything is fine. but the sun is going down. this is a similar feel than we had last night as well, tony. one of the protesters that we were talking to earlier, i want to pull him in here for a second. ron odom, you lived here for 50 years, and what have you been seeing in your community? >> well, what i've been seeing,
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it's not a broken system. over the years, my mother has told me and explained to me that things should get better. but as i live, my son is 16, and he could have been the victim of what we read today about. >> has your community reacted appropriately to what happened 11 days ago? >> i think that the community has come together, but things happen. we have to come together as a community. and we should hold hands and figure out what we need to do to get this system back on track. >> and how long is this going to last, with people walking up and down the street protesting the death? >> well, honestly, it should never end. we should always come together for a cause, but because of the cause that we're here for now, hopefully this will be coming to an end soon with the right
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result with everything in place to make everybody satisfied. >> appreciate it, ron. thank you. appreciate it. and tony. you've heard from one of the protesters. he would like peace, and hoping here at some point, but activity is growing out here, and the police like i said are hit beginning to stage, and the protesters are walking calmly. >> robert, let's hope that everything stays that way. and everyone has their fingers crossed that there's not a scene of the repeat of last night in ferguson. and that it stays calm this evening. i want to send it back to my colleague, randall pink ton in new york, and he has been looking into the issue of outsiders, provocateurs, sent here to cause trouble, and that's something that you've been looking at closely. >> yes, tony. but we must state that there are not a lot of folks causing
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trouble, but a small number of people, and who are they? where do they come from? some locals are pointing the finger at out-of-towners, but it makes it difficult to confirm. most of the time, most of the protesters in ferguson are protesting peacefully, expressing their outrage and calling for justice by the unarmed teenager killed by the police officer. but sometimes, without warning, someone crosses the line, as one protester explained to aljazeera's robert ray. >> we were exercising our first amendment rights, and then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, somebody started throwing bottles of water. >> by what you're saying -- >> only a few. only a few. >> police say that some of those few have thrown molotov
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cocktails and fired weapons, and the authorities have responded with teargas and grenades. >> i will not let criminals who come out to this community define this neighborhood and define what we're going to do to make it right. >> monday night, 78 people were arrested. most were outside of ferguson, but not outside of missouri. and most of the arrests were for failure to keep moving, not by actions. local minutesters and community organizers are trying to prevent violent clashes but the protests appear to lack coordination, creating an opening for confrontation. >> only with lack of leadership chaos takes over. somebody has to get these people to listen to and know that the man is on their side and to listen. they're not the outside
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provocateurs will take control. >> most of the protesters told them they don't want to cause trouble, but just the answers about exactly what had when the police shot and killed michael brown. tomorrow a grand jury is going to hear evidence about the shooting of michael brown, whether officer darren wilson will face trial for killing the unarmed teen. it could be weeks before there's a decision. tony? >> . >> we appreciate it, and let's talk to trial attorney, wendy patrick. she joins us from los angeles, and wendy, it great to talk to you. the wheels of justice grind slowly? wendy, let me ask you, there's a huge complaint here in ferguson about the peace, about the pace of things here.
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the pace of things here in ferguson. and talk to me about what you see as being the pace. is this playing out in the timeframe that you would expect? >> right, you know, this is quite a different timeframe than we're used to seeing. the wheels of justice turn slowly. but we're seeing the opposite here. as the out-of-town provocateurs show up to burn down the heat, the law enforcement feels the heat and the community wants answers. so a grand jury is being convened in a quick of amount of time than you see in other investigations. everybody wants to get to the bottom of it. and law enforcement has a tough enough time with their investigation when they're continually having to digest their resources to protect the community. so this is moving in actually more quickly than we see in a lot of other instances.
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>> okay, that's an important message to communicate to this community. and i think that you understand that, wendy. so tells more about the grand jury process, who gets to present evidence, and how that process plays out. >> you. >> the grand jury is a process where the prosecutors present the evidence, there's no defense, and they present all of the evidence to the grand jury. but it's not like a jury trial. the job of the grand jury is to determine whether or not there's probable cause to support the charges. so these men and women are going to be listening to all of the evidence in this case, which is much more than we as members of the public are privy to. and i have to tell you that one of the first things that the prosecutors are likely to say, fasten your seatbelt. this is a fast moving investigation, and it has taken
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more twists and turns than a rollercoaster at an amusement park. and it's filled with information, almost daily. and that's what they will have to sort through. unlike other grand juries, they expect it to take a significant amount of time to deliver the evidence that this grand jury is going to have to consider. >> wendy, this is so interesting because i think that the understand the dynamic that is playing out here in ferguson. there's the perception, and there's the reality. and the reality to you is that this is moving along at a quicker pace than you might expect under different circumstances, but for the people on the ground, they are unhappy with just about every aspect of this investigation, starting with the slow release of the name of the officer involved in the shooting of michael brown. >> that's right, and the court of public opinion.
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there's no place for the media to set up, and no gallery for on lookers to convene. it's something that's going to be filled with testimony, not a twitter feed. there's a reason that we segregate and we insulate grand jurors from what's going on on the outside t much of which is too fast to corroborate what's coming out. so this is going to be a proceeding as far more ordinarily than what we have seen in the last week in terms of the evidencing presented, in an orderly manner, and in a fashion that takes out the level of distraction than we have seen in the public's hands. so there's time for the grand jurors to listen to the evidence and deliberate and hopefully to do their job in seeking justice. >> wendy, appreciate it so much. attorney wendy patrick joining
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us in los angeles, and great to talk to you. mike viqueira has been following it in washington and how the officials in washington are responding to the situation here in ferguson. >> tony, after meeting face-to-face with president obama on monday, on wednesday, attorney general eric holder heads to ferguson, missouri, and he has two jobs. one to reassure the protestors and the community, and all of those concerned about the unrest and violence that they have seen in the last several days, and those who are upset about the unjustified killing of michael brown by a police officer. a full and fair investigation will go forward. as a practical matter, he'll be meeting with the department of justice investigators who have been on the ground in ferguson, and in the city over the course of the last several days, conducting eyewitness interviews, and trying to determine whether there's a civil race violation involved in what happened on the streets
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of ferguson in the slaying of michael brown. so a full plate of activities ahead of eric holder's visit there. in in of community policing, largely a liaison, to facilitate positions between the state and the local authorities. in many instances, authorities who have not gone along in tactics and public relations over the next several days. he's there trying to come out with a unified message, trying to reassure the population and bring an end to the violence that has wracked the streets in the last several days. >> we have been following the situation for the last days in ferguson, and we have been telling you that there are a lot of tensions tonight. you saw the chaos that ensued, that broke out through the streets of ferguson last night. and it was a particular hour after the peaceful protests where things sort of evolved.
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and there was teargas, and it became a nasty scene. the folks are hoping to avoid that tonight. and i think that the marchers are hoping to avoid that. and certainly the police are hoping for a night of more calm. as you look at the ferguson avenue, this is a quarter mile stretch of ferguson. where michael brown was shot and killed. and then a quick trip, the store where michael brown is accused o of stealing the cigar. we're talking about a quarter mile there, and then all of the chaos over the last nights, and we're getting to a place where there are as many reporters and demonstrators as protesters right now. if you look at that, there's a scene starting to build, and you'll likely see more police presence, and we're in an hour
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half a mile away. a police helicopter, it landed just a few moments ago, so this is the scene that we're going to continue to monitor and continue to watch very closely. the hope is that the marchers demonstrate and protest peacefully, and then at a certain hour, they will leave. at a certain hour, the people demonstrating peacefully have made their point and they will leave for the evening. there was a point on the street when you talk to the people, and it's the issue of moving forward. and what does the police force look like moving forward. and what's the role of the community in that? it goes to this question of
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community policing and let's get back to jonathan. >> other cities can offer lessons to ferguson. chiefs who have been there, they faced angry crowds, and they caution that the first response mane be the best. the rage in ferguson has been felt before. in seattle in 1999, thousands protested outside of the world trade center, the police armed with rubber bullets, and it was a bad idea. >> it's sure to backfire, and it will in fact radicalize otherwise peaceful protesters. big, big mistake. >> a lesson he warns is too often ignored. like in ferguson, where the national guard has been called n and the police repeatedly change tactics.
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>> disorder. >> but critics say a quieter approach, putting away the heavy equipment. >> they work as partners with the citizens, and they don't work as an occupational force, as an enemy of the citizens. >> an example, after hurricane katrina, where he ended days of chaos. he said that he would repeat the message first given to the soldiers. >> i said put your guns down. we're here to help people. >> let the public know, a hands-on approach to protests, as a steady, calming leader. >> if you have a leader for the opening day of the event, you should have the number-one communications guide that belongs to the governor right there next to it. >> ferguson's leaders tried
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marching with protesters, and they urged patience. >> it the vast majority of my community is absolutely in support of what we have been doing. >> but many others are not, and peace will only come with change. >> the police, as an institution, embrace the idea that they belong to the people, and not the other way around. >> because of ferguson's small size, they have better connection was the community. and they are frankly more media savvy. tony. >> all right, appreciate it, and thank you very much. we'll get back to you later in the program. but again, as we join you here from ferguson, again, it's a
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tense situation, and we'll probably receive that throughout the evening. the scene over the last few nights have been discouraging to a lot of people. and my next guest, an attorney, freeman, and as we join you here tonight, my question, what's today's story from your point of view, and on day 11 since michael brown was killed. and there's clearly unrest tonight. but equally a strong desire that i feel for peace, but what's your perspective. >> well, the story is the same sunday, monday, up to today. and that's the question of when he used extensive force to track down and kill this man. we are disappointed about the rioting and the looting, but we
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don't want that to distract the real focus of what has occurred here. what this officer has done something wrong, and if he has, we want him either charged or indicted and we want him to be prosecuted >> reporter: is it your sense that this legal system is being played out in a fairway? >> i think no, in terms of the delay tactics that the prosecutor's office is using, as well as the ferguson flipped, with its failure to give us a police report and autopsy results, but for the family, bringing in dr. bateman, to do an independent autopsy, we wouldn't have one. we didn't know how many shots were fired. and we should have known that right away. the governor had to come in and
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relieve the police chief of his duties and the prosecutor of his duties, and we're very concerned about the inability to perform an investigation. >> so do you trust the grand jury process. >> well, we before in the grandma process of course. but the question is who is presenting to the grand jury and what is it that they're presenting? but we believe at the end of the day, the information will be exhibited and demonstrated. and we believe that the national media has come in and put the spotlight on this matter. and i think they dare not try to manipulate a situation. but we're all very concerned about the manner in which this thing has been hand >> reporter: what are your thoughts today about tomorrow and the arrival of attorney general eric holder? >> well, one of the things that we're appreciative of the fact that this man has gotten the national attention, and the governor has taken it upon himself to come down here. the president is being advised
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and kept abreast of what's going on here almost hourly and now he has the u.s. attorney coming. with the arrives, and hopefully the attention is going to produce the results that everybody is looking for. >> where is your client? is he in hiding right now? >> let's say that he's safe. i wouldn't say hiding. >> do you protect him? >> yes, we do, my client has been traumatized. he has a four-month-old child. and everybody is scared to death. he thought that the officer was going to shoot him too. so he's a 22-year-old young man, and traumatized. >> freeman bosley. now we want to send it back to new york. and my colleague, randall pink
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pinkston to get everyone caught up. >> there is more news, tony. the ceasefire between gaza and israel has been shattered. they have talked in cairo, and the palestinian delegation is vowing to leave in the morning. nick, is it a full-scale war again? >> reporter: randall, good evening, we saw the 11th ceasefire 11 hours ago, and both sides indicating that they didn't want to go back to war, but as you see, they have returned from the war, and we have seen some of the more violent images in the last few weeks in the last few hours. let's back at what's going on in gaza city. bombarded with the wounded,
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more than 30 wounded have come in there, and as you say, more than 2 dozen israeli airstrikes, and artillery strikes into gaza as well. we have seen homes targeted, at least one home, and we have seen people walk through the rubble of those homes. one of them was the head of hamas' military wing, and he was not at home. but highs wife and son were both killed in that attack. in israel, we're seeing more than 50 rockets fired from gaza into israel. and we're seeing in jerusalem, people huddling around cars, and against walls, very fearful, trying to find some kind of cover as the sirens go off. in the south of israel, we saw a rocket strike, a main street. and people walking through a huge cloud of dust.
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people on the street. and you don't see that tonight, people are hunkered down, very very scared. >> nick, before the fighting resumed, has there been any progress at all in the negotiations? >> on both sides, as well as the u.s. officials involved in the negotiations, yes, there was. israel and hamas were to the point where they wanted to talk about border crossings and buffer zones, and palestinian authority trying to reduce hamas' hold. and gaza fishermen, and instead, we have israel troops on the border with gaza, and we have airstrikes and rocket strikes from a gaza. there's always room in this region for the fighting to stop and for the negotiations to
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continue. but at this point, the negotiation haves stopped and both sides are saying that they will not continue, and instead, both sides are vowing to keep fighting until the other one stops. that's the problem. sometimes only a diplomatic solution can stop the fighting. as long as the rockets continue to fly, those airstrikes will continue. so the u.s. officials have everyone trying to get both sides back to the table. >> thank you, nick schifrin in jerusalem. just ahead, a long vacation for it students in ferguson. school officials have he postponed the start of school there.
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indicating that there was going to be another demonstration, and we also received indication that there were groups of people gathering in other areas close to the ferguson area, who would be in essence descending and joining in whatever protests were taking place here. and as you know, a lot of the protests are organized on social media, the organizers it
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come here to organize the young people, and in most cases come up with a response to the death of michael brown that is appropriate and that has safety at the forefront. but as you know, there have been some elements in the crowd that have decided to turn what has been a peaceful convenient into a chaotic event. and the police have responded very aggressively as you've seen. i want to get you down to flores avenue. and robert gray is standing by. if you would, we know that sunset is fast approaching and this is the time when nerves start to get edgy. and what would you say the atmosphere is? >> reporter: yeah, tony, exactly, about this time last night, we saw a lot of people on the street ask this is about when we heard the voices, the loud batter from some of the protesters. you can he so a right now, all
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is quiet, and it's very peaceful and perhaps we may get lucky tonight. and maybe this is the end of the protesting, or the violent protesting, and the police protester clashes, so tony, we're hoping for the best here tonight. >> all right, robert, thank you so much. and daniel is here with us now, the top of the food chain when it comes to the movement that has been around since the death of trayvon martin. it is good to talk to you, and i'm wondering what your hopes are for this night. we know in some skiers, the idea of a protest, isn't a protest unless there's some friction with the cops and pushing back against authority. but what are your hopes for this evening? >> well, you know, we have been
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in these protests. and any time you have these situations, you have a few bad apples, but where we put the blame, the ferguson police department set a precedent in the way they released information that really angered a lot of people. and i think the chickens coming home to roost in a way, that we're seeing so much violence, and the overmilitaryization has created a stale of violence. fear gassed last night, and it's absurd to see what's going on tonight. >> have you been surprised by what you described a moment ago, the militarization of this
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police force? it's surprising to see armored vehicles here in a residential neighborhood. and the business section of a residential neighborhood. and has this been surprising to you? >> i think it has been surprising to everybody. and what it brings to mind, this is the result of a policy of putting militarized equipment into local communities, which is intended to safeguard and protect communities from things like potential terrorist attacks, or biological hazards. but i think that we're seeing an abuse of the funding to go to things like tanks and teargas, and that type of equipment is unnecessary at this point. >> daniel, let me ask you a final question. how are you and dante
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organizing? he's on the ground, and you are assisting in the way that you can, but what's your goal with ferguson? >> our goal is to represent the young people who are protesting peacefully, to make sure that we're organized in a way that really continues the call for justice, and continues to put pressure on the prosecutor, on the police department to do the right thing. we organized from the beginning the action that people can go to to get involved with the protests, and we now are on the ground, and we serve our secretary, if you will, for the number of youth organizations on the ground working hand-in-hand together to find some type of resolution to this situation.
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>> daniel, appreciate it. daniel, part of the movement for justice. and we want to get you on the ground. so much of the activity and the demonstrations and the chaos unfortunately that has befallen this community in the last 11 days. >> reporter: hey, tony, we're trying to bring a voice to all the sides out here. protesters and the police, and we met maya austin here. 17 years old. and you're not in school right now because school is canceled and what are your feelings about what has been happening in the last 11 days? >> the education of the young folk, and kids want to be cops, because they hear only negative things, and i think most cops
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are caucasian, and there are no african-american cops that have been here. >> you're 17 years old and you are a young lady with your future ahead of you, and do you feel a deep-seeded racism in this community? >> i feel that st. louis, period, the racism has come out strongly in st. louis, and it has been racial since it has been going on, but it's not just about racism. like i said, i have a brother, and he died from police officer brutality. shot multiple times, and he was only 16 years old. it happened a couple of years ago, and [ unintelligible ] they said get back, you're acting like a bunch of monkeys and animals. and the looting started and the rioting worse and worse. when the people are told you're acting like a bunch of monkeys, what kind of reaction are you getting from people?
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>> demeaning is the understatement, number one, and you are the future of this community. and the future of the united states as a young lady. what do you wish and hope comes out of this? and how emotional is it for you to see your community out here on the streets? >> it is very emotional because i notice there are more people out here in the last five days than in concerts or doing this or that. since we're not in school, we're going to fight for justice, so justice is served for other people. so it's not another trayvon martin case. we want to see justice at the end. and we'll stand out here. >> we wish you the best. good luck. and tony, you heard it. these are the voices, the peaceful voices out on the streets here tonight. >> well, you mentioned off the top. maya is 17 years old and by all rights, she should be in school today.
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and she's not today because there are a number of districts in the immediate area where the classes have been canceled and the schools closed. and if you are a parent, that's a bone of contention, and a major schedule disrupter when the kids are supposed to be in school, and they're not. but natasha spent the day talking to parents and educators using this moment as a teaching moment. >> in the middle of the now familiar signs that the protesters carry, this one caught our eye. since it began in ferguson, he and her 16-year-old son asked to join the protesters. the sign asked a simple question, can we have peace so i can teach? >> this is just stopping them from moving forward. >> the school year in ferguson was supposed to begin last week. now it won't start until next
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monday until the earliest. that's putting more stress on local teachers, parents and students. many students rely on free or reduced school meals, and research shows that kids experience learning loss in the summer months, and that's more pronounced among low income kids. >> here we are with this big corruption in learning, and it's not going to help to lose ground. >> shah's 15-year-old son admits that it's nice to have an extra week to prepare for school. but the reason for the delay has him concerned. he and his mother have been talking about the shooting. he watered about what will happen and whether officer darren wilson will be charged. but the turmoil of the week has taught him valuable real world lessons. >> standing up for what you believe in and fighting for what's right, and not just going to the extreme to show
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what they believe in, talk and you'll be heard. >> his mother said that she's ready for the city of ferguson to move past it's anger. >> i'll be glad when this is over and we can go back to being peaceful and working together and getting things accomplished in this area. >> aljazeera, ferguson, missouri. >> it's great to spend time with you, joie, and your program is coming up in another 18 minutes or so, but i'm happy that you have a couple of minutes to spend with us. you've been on the ground awhile, and i wonder what your sense is as you talk to people in this community. i get the sense, the emotions reflect a deep-seeded mistrust and the community where the police in the community talk at one another as opposed to
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talking to one another. and the frustrations have been held down for a long time. >> the folks we have talked to in the community have repeatedly talked about that. but also talked about the responsibility of the community coming forward. timeout in the last election was one percent. so maybe this is an opportunity for people to come forward and speak about what is important to them and become part of the political process. and i think if you want to change the system, you have to do something for that change. and certainly they are trying to do in the streets, but this is an opportunity for more conversations to grow up about what else can be done. >> you know, you've been on the air when the peaceful demonstrations started to go sideways, and i wonder if you could comment on what you've
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seen in the last few days, they seem pretty calm. >> well, tony, there is a reason we have been moved to this location. law enforcement did move all of the tv crews over here to this location, and in part, i think that has to do with some of the attention that comes about when you have a lot of tv cameras at night, when things start to get very tense. >> i totally agree with you. >> it rolls the domino forward. and there was concern about that, and also the circumstance of the young man killed in st. louis earlier today. so they're worried about that flaring up. the sense that there's an edge at this hour, and they would like things to stay quiet, but they're concerned about the flareup. >> i don't want to go until you give people a preview -- i know you're talking a lot about ferguson. >> we're very interested to hear from a woman who was the teacher. we have not heard very much
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from people who heard directly of him. and this was a woman who knew him at an early age, and she had been at his graduation ceremony just a few weeks ago when he talked about [ audio difficulties ] >> party, we have lost our connection from ferguson, but more will be coming up on america tonight. in other news, the situation in ferguson, and we have more on that. >> in friendly ferguson where tensions are flying high. >> the images broadcast in america are also being seen around the world. the police response to the protest, evidence of human rights of violations in america. and also taking a series of articles on line. the riots have given america's critics the chance to cues washington of hypocrisy. tv is doing just that, saying
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that the u.s. has no right to claim abuse while abusing them at home. >> while turning a blind eye to the rights of its citizens. >> we go all over the world promoting democracy and fairness, and that's what we think. >> he has compared the suffering of the people in ferguson to the palestinians. the violenters of human rights. in china, the state run website writes, in a country that for years has tried to play the role as international human rights judge, there's still a lot of room for improvement at home. but in india, the author
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writes, the sat events in the st. louis suburbs gives us the opportunity to ponder discipline and how well things work here. and: the obama administration responded to international criticism as part of the human rights record. saying that the united states addresses it's problems openly while other countries video secrecy. >> more when we come back. you're watching aljazeera america.
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>> okay, welcome back everyone to ferguson, missouri. okay, welcome back everyone to ferguson, missouri. and we wanted to jump in one last time before the top of the hour and give you one last look at the scene here. sunset has fallen porn us right now, and this is the time of the evening when we keep our fingers crossed and the police are certainly to d to do doing , and the highway patrol. and the national guard is doing the same thing. as he with look at some of the shots from the quarter mile
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stretch that's the epicenter, and there are protesters, and they appear to be quiet. you do see the police presence, and it's there in numbers as you see, but at this point, in the england, we're happy to report that things are progressing peacefully, but again, that has been the pattern so far. that the evening starts off peacefully, and then 10, 11:00, 12:00, into the small hours of the morning, things begin to turn. so we'll be watching the situation here in ferguson very closely. tony harris on the ground in ferguson, and sending it back to randall, and we're back here at 11 p.m. eastern time. with more news and the latest activity here in ferguson. >> a developing story, tonight, an american journalist, james foley, has reportedly been executed by fighters in the islamic state group.
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video appears to show one of the fighters beheading foley. in the video, they say that foley was killed in response to u.s. airstrikes in iraq. he was captured in 2012 while working in syria. they threaten to kill another reporter if the u.s. strikes. he disappeared a year ago. mike viqueira on what the white house is saying. >> in the house since the beheading and murder of report, james fellowi, the white house has a statement out saying that they cannot vouch or have no idea if the video itself is authentic, but the spokeswoman for the national security council goes on, saying if genuine, we're appalled by the brutal murder of an american journalist. and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. so obviously, this would be a
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shocking development. a blow to the obama administration. a video that shows the apparent grizzly murder of james foley now. >> trying to take back the city of tikrit, saddam hussein's hometown. the u.s. helped them yesterday. and iraq tries to push the islamic state group out of the country. there has been a jump in the number of ebola deaths tonight. 1300 people have now died. that's out of 2,240 reported cases. liberia is the hardest-hit country, and the government has imposed a night curfew because of the outbreak. dr. william parish is a head of a non-profit organization that focuses on global issues, and i asked why ebola spreads to
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rapidly in isolated villages. >> we understand that a lot of these people were never taught that diseases were caused by germs. they think that they were caused by bad spirits or curses or for that reason. so the concept of washing hands and being careful is a new concept. and they have gone for decades without even good primary education, so it's a disease somewhat of poverty and lack of education and mistrust. >>ism the world health organization said that there has been some progress in trying to contain the outbreak in nigeria. in texas tonight, governor rick perry turned himself to authorities in austin. he was inbe indicted and have you ever seen anyone smile in a mugshot. >> certainly not. he didn't seem to be concerned about how things are playing out here.
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perry had his mugshot the last couple of hours ago. this is the latest round and a political battle that perry and his supporters are calling a witch hunt. after smiling for the police camera after he left the county courthouse in austin, governor rick perry had fighting words. >> i will not allow this attack on our system of government to stand. i'm going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. and we will prevail. >> this is how it all began. in april, 2013, rosemary, a democrat, was arrested and pleaded guilty to drunk driving. video of her booking showed her verbally abusing and resisting officers, strapped to a chair. perry publicly put pressure on her to step down, and when she refused, he cut more than $7 million from a unit she
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leadinvestigates wrongdoing. he went on office. >> we settle political differences at the ballot box. this is nothing more than banana republic politics. >> some say that while the indictment might cloud things for perry, the charges are flimsy, and they might give the 2016 presidential candidate a big boost. >> it's not a bad story, and he's going to go out and saying that he was doing what he needed to be doing to protect taxpayers, and that first of af, he has the authority to use the veto and he did it because she was in no position to be in charge of prosecuting crimes
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when she herself had pled guilty to a pretty serious crime and went to jail right away. >> so when the charges of a high-profile politician are often a gift for the opposing party, this may be a present for rick perry. >> anyone but a big fan of rick perry said that the prosecution is wrong. he was called the least thoughtful and damaging state leaders in america, but adding that bad judgment is not a felony. after leaving court, he stopped for an identities cream and tweeted out a picture of it. >> i don't think we'll see that mugshot again. >> i think we will be, he looks cheerful. >> coming up on aljazeera america at 11:00 eastern, tensions again, preventing the elderly from leaving their homes. and how a football team is
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stepping out. and talking about the impact that it's having on the community and on race relations across the nation. these stories tonight at 11:00 eastern, 8:00 pacific. that's our newscast tonight. i'm tony harris, and i'll see you at 1:00 eastern and 8:00 pacific. "america tonight" with joie chen is live in ferguson as the events there continue to unfold. vé
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>> more nights of fury met with force. >> there is a small number of violentage stat violent agitators in the crowd. >> they were itching for a reason to be ready. we were that reason. >> another hot day with another fatal shooting. will it explode in more violence, and how can ferguson

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